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Modeling multiple ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, commodity production, and tradeoffs at landscape scales
Nature provides a wide range of benefits to people. There is increasing consensus about the importance of incorporating these “ecosystem services” into resource management decisions, but quantifying…
The IPBES Conceptual Framework - connecting nature and people
Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services
In 2005, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) provided the first global assessment of the world's ecosystems and ecosystem services. It concluded that recent trends in ecosystem change threatened…
Notes from the field: Lessons learned from using ecosystem service approaches to inform real-world decisions
An ecosystem services framework to support both practical conservation and economic development
- H. Tallis, P. Kareiva, M. Marvier, Amy Chang
- Environmental ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 15 July 2008
This framework emerges from detailed explorations of several case studies in which biodiversity conservation and economic development coincide and cases in which there is joint failure, and emphasizes that scientific advances around ecosystem service production functions, tradeoffs among multiple ecosystem services, and the design of appropriate monitoring programs are necessary for the implementation of conservation and development projects that will successfully advance both environmental and social goals.
Should agricultural policies encourage land sparing or wildlife‐friendly farming?
As the demands on agricultural lands to produce food, fuel, and fiber continue to expand, effective strategies are urgently needed to balance biodiversity conservation and agricultural production.…
Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services as an Approach for Conservation and Natural‐Resource Management
A new set of computer‐based models is presented, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs tool (InVEST) that has been designed to inform natural resource decision making.
Natural capital and ecosystem services informing decisions: From promise to practice
Why ecosystem service information has yet to fundamentally change decision-making is explored and a path forward is suggested that emphasizes developing solid evidence linking decisions to impacts on natural capital and ecosystem services, and then to human well-being.